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Fashionista Gift Guide

Written by  Missy Black
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Fashionista Gift Guide Illustration by Kim Nguyen

Tax advice? Nah. The best Italian restaurant in town? Nope. You come to the Fashionista for advice on denim, booties and this season’s hot color. 


The Fashionista is a tastemaker for sure. She’s the girl to watch and she’s gathering style inspiration everywhere. Hitting up this vintage and artisan marketplace in Grand Rapids is her new favorite thing. She’ll find home décor here and two vintage clothing shops, including Lived and Love Charles Vintage. This is where you can pick up rare pieces that no one else will be wearing. 

Elevated Grand Rapids 
1750 Clyde Park Ave. SW, Grand Rapids


Every Fashionista wants to attend a fun, interactive fashion and styling event. This show at Mod Bettie features Michelle Krick Style, a Grand Rapids-based fashion expert. Treat your fashion-loving friend to this event, featuring a holiday looks fashion show, styling techniques — such as how to include lingerie in everyday fashion — a photo booth, and more. Naughty Bettie and Iconoclasp will also be on hand. 

Michelle Krick Style Show
Mod Bettie
1111 Godfrey Ave. SW, Grand Rapids 
Dec. 4, 6 pm (search Michelle Krick Style)


Our stylish girl often can’t decide — the blue sweater or the yellow? Luckily, when she steps into this shop, she doesn’t have to decide between the energizing tea or protein-packed shake: You get both for your day. Still, she craves a good choice, and not just in beauty and fashion. But it might be hard to choose from the over-the-top list of flavors including No Bake Cookie, Lemon Pound Cake and Tootsie Roll. 

Rockford Nutrition 
8450 Algoma Ave. NE, Rockford


The Fashionista follows the latest trends religiously. Leopard print is in, but the buzz around town has to do with Irie Kitchen. Everyone’s talking about their organic Caribbean street food — and she’s noticed. She wants to be there in this hot spot at the center of it all, noshing on jerk chicken and plantains, while taking pictures for the ’gram. 

Irie Kitchen
6630 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, (616) 512-4163


Black is slimming. Black is chic. Wearing black on black is the Fashionista’s thing lately and you can find a lot of it in the dark
images in this exhibit focusing on Medieval Latin Christian philosophy. Black is a mood and she feels it by viewing themes on death and earthly pleasure, from intricate paintings to photography and sculpture. 

Undying Traditions: Memento Mori
Muskegon Museum of Art
296 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon
Thru Jan. 5, (231) 720-2570


Having the right soundtrack for getting ready is key to looking good. Whether it’s a first date or a night on the town with friends, your primping soundtrack helps the ensemble along. The Fashionista tends to blast modern folk-rock legends The Lumineers while dressing for the evening. Now that the musicians will be in the area, it’s the perfect gift for the girl who has the band on her Primp Playlist. 

The Lumineers
Van Andel Arena
130 W. Fulton Ave., Grand Rapids
Feb. 11, 7 p.m.

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